Development agenda to be prime focus at G-20

Development agenda to be prime focus at G-20

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh cautioned against protectionist sentiments in countries as they seek to grapple with global economic turbulence.

Singh made these remarks just ahead of leaving for the G-20 meet in Seoul, South Korea.

It is the first G-20 summit outside of a G8 country and the second this year, reflecting the urgency among global leaders as well as their intent to bring about a global consensus by involving more regions to address the vexing economic issues.

Singh indicated that India would urge the G-20 to focus on the development agenda, introduced for the first time in Seoul.

“We must also give though to how we can leverage global imbalances to bridge the infrastructure gap between the rich and poor," Singh said in a pre departure statement.